Lady Devils fall in district semis


Jeff Miller

Freshman Leigha Clapper led B-A in the District semifinals with 17 against Bishop McCort.

Zachary Pellegrine, Sports Writer

On Monday, the girl’s basketball team traveled to Johnstown to take on the Bishop McCort Crushers in the District 6 2A semifinals. The Lady Devils looked to avenge their earlier season loss against McCort when they lost on the road 63-52.

The Lady Crushers overcame a halftime deficit and made foul shots at the end in a 71-61 win that sends them into the championship game.

After McCort got off to a hot start in the first quarter, scoring 22 points, the Lady Devils were able to weather the storm, and scored 22 points of their own in the second quarter. This gave the Devils a 3-point advantage going into halftime.

The third quarter saw Bishop McCort cut down Bellwood’s small lead, and the game went into the fourth quarter tied at 53-53. Bellwood was not able to get their offense going, and went long stretches of the fourth quarter without scoring. Bishop McCourt was able to put the game away and send the Lady Devils to the consolation game.

Despite the loss, Bellwood did have a bright spot with freshmen Leigha Clapper stepping up. Clapper scored a team-high 17 points, shooting 7 for 11 from the field.

The girl’s basketball team will look to improve their state playoff seeding when they travel to Penns Manor to take on the 21-4 Lady Comets in the consolation game. The winner of this game will take on the number 2 finisher of the WPIAL, and the loser will take on the number 1 finisher of the WPIAL.

Tickets for this game will be sold on the PIAA website, and tip off for this game is Thursday at 7 in Penns Manor.